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Illegal Alien and Convicted Felon Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Illegally Entering the United States

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2014

St. Thomas, USVI- District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced Ray Anthony Wayne, 43, to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release for illegally reentering the United States after having been deported for a prior felony conviction, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

Court records show that on December 31, 2013, Wayne was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB), after he presented a fraudulent Virgin Islands birth certificate and driver’s license while attempting to board a flight to Miami at Cyril E. King Airport located on St. Thomas. Court records also show that Wayne was deported from the United States on June 3, 2013, after being convicted of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, a felony offense. Under federal law, deported felons, such as Wayne, are prohibited from re-entering the United States. On March 27, 2014, Wayne pled guilty to illegally entering the United States after having been deported. Wayne, who has been detained since his arrest, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service at the conclusions of today’s sentencing hearing.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ishmael A. Meyers, Jr.

 

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